McKinney-Vento/Homeless Information

Wayland Union Schools is committed to helping our students who are experiencing transitional housing situations through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Each public school district and academy has a homeless liaison who assists with enrollment, academic support, and ongoing needs. 

If your family lacks a fixed, regular, and/or adequate nighttime residence due to a loss of housing or economic hardship, your child might be eligible for certain education rights and services.

Local Liaison: Elizabeth Stein, 269-792-9153 ext. 2810

McKinney-Vento Act

Under the McKinney-Vento Act, children in transitional housing situations have the right to:

  • Attend either the local school or the school of origin, if this is in their best interest; the school of origin is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled.
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment, such as birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records.
  • Enroll, attend classes, and participate fully in all school activities while the school gathers records.
  • Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students, including transportation and supplemental educational services.
  • Attend school with children not experiencing transitional housing; a school cannot segregate a student

Always reach out to HARA by calling 2-1-1 first, especially if in need of emergency housing!

2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps people connect with resources. Dial 2-1-1 for services such as counseling, getting started with housing assistance through programs such as Family Promise, emergency shelter and more. English and Spanish speaking operators available 24 hours a day.

Housing Assistance/Shelters

Food Assistance


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